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Dominic Harrison joins GamCare board

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gamcareDominic Harrison, the former Chief Executive of Gala Coral, with a long and respected career in the gambling and wider leisure industry, will join GamCare’s Board of Trustees in November. Announcing the appointment, GamCare’s Chairman Anthony Jennens said: “I am delighted that Dominic has agreed to join our Board. His business experience, knowledge and acumen will strengthen our team and in particular our focus on providing a professional service that delivers value for money. At the same time I know that Dominic feels strongly about the work that we do with gamblers and their families, and will be a forceful ambassador for us across the industry.”

Dominic Harrison said: “I am keen to take up the opportunity which membership of GamCare’s Board will give me to help guide and support their important work. I know, through my wide experience running gambling businesses both on and off line, how devastating a gambling problem can be to individuals and families. I have always admired GamCare’s work, and now that we have a strong and collaborative relationship with the industry – through the Responsible Gambling Trust – and across delivery agencies, I believe there is a unique opportunity to create and deliver an effective and practical strategy for prevention, education and treatment. I am looking forward to being part of that.”

Dominic is a qualified Chartered Accountant who built his career in the leisure industry through senior executive roles with Grand Metropolitan plc, Bass plc, Ladbrokes plc and Gala Coral. He is currently Chairman of Microgaming’s Poker Network Management Board and is the former CEO of Business in Sport and Leisure.

GamCare’s President, Lord Sharman of Redlynch, will be setting out GamCare’s vision and plans for the next three years at the Annual GamCare Conference at the IET, Savoy Place, London on 13th November. For more information, and to reserve a place, go to:  www.gamcare.org.uk/pages/conference_2009.html

Notes to Editors:

1. GamCare is the national provider of education, advice, practical help, support and treatment for anyone affected by problem gambling.  Founded in 1997, the GamCare helpline receives nearly 100 calls a day with more than 85% of clients rating the service as “very good” or “excellent”.  In 2011/12 GamCare treated more than 2,700 clients.  Around 90% of gamblers in treatment are assessed as problem gamblers; this reduces to around 30% at the end of treatment.  GamCare’s return on investment is estimated at 7:1.

2. GamCare supports best practice within the gambling industry through training, GamCare Certification, consultation and training.  GamCare Certification is an internationally recognised third party accreditation available for gaming, betting and lottery products across land-based, mobile gaming and internet platforms.  GamCare training is face-to-face or via GamCare ExTra e-learning.

3. Dominic Harrison is Chairman of Microgaming’s Poker Network Management Board. An Oxford graduate and a qualified Chartered Accountant, Dominic held a range of senior finance and marketing roles with both Grand Metropolitan plc and Bass plc before joining Ladbrokes in 2002 as Commercial Director. He moved to Gala Coral in 2004, where he spent over six years as Managing Director of Group E-Gaming, Group Chief Operating Officer and, ultimately, Group Chief Executive. He was interim Chief Executive of Business in Sport and Leisure throughout 2011. He is a former Trustee of the GREaT Foundation (now the Responsible Gambling Trust).

Media Enquiries:

Please contact Ruth Halahmy, Marketing and Fundraising Officer, GamCare either by phone on 020 7801 7028 or by email at ruth.halahmy@gamcare.org.uk.

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